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Interesting Optimists on their Optimism

Robin Beres, Deputy Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Why am I an optimist? Because despite all the news reports of doom and gloom, the world is a good place and becoming better. Since the 1980s, globally, extreme poverty has declined from nearly 45% to less than 10%. Diseases and illnesses that were once considered death sentences are now easily managed. So will COVID-19 one day. Women across the world are going to school and participating in businesses. My motto is always to hope for the best while preparing for the worst."

Michael Lang

Optimism is because I understand what I am in control of and not. I am optimistic because the alternative is not worth the emotional time and energy. Optimism is about moving forward. Optimism is understanding that I am in control of my emotions and I do not project them onto others - I limit my judgement.

Myron Laban, mural artist

"even if things are hard you have to keep an optimistic outlook and always know that things are going to get better and have that sense of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Anne Bradley, Founder of Awaking Warrior 

"I love and can relate to Winston Churchill's profound quote on optimism. He simply states "I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."

"During challenging times we need to be optimistic, and I approach this unprecedented difficult period optimistically!

"Indeed I've learnt through experience and choose to be an optimist. As life always will reflect a person's beliefs and mindset."

Mia Lander

"The human race has an amazing track record for beating adversity - it tends to bring out the best in us all.  I am the child of a refugee and have learned the value of optimism"

Joanne Daley

"I very much live by the philosophy ‘Keep it simple and enjoy’. I think that’s a pretty easy formula for optimism."

Evan Leybourn, Business Agility Institute

"This is a time when people can truly grow. I am optimistic in the potential I am seeing all around me."

Linda Goetze, President of the Blockchain Chamber of Commerce

"Projecting into the future the best possible outcomes while working to manage any eventuality, makes one an optimistic realist - and is bound to bring value regardless what the future circumstances may be!"

Susanna Bevilacqua, Founder, Moral Fairground

"Optimism opens up a whole world of possibilities, removes limitations and encourages creativity."

Lynne Golodner

Optimism is a choice. Either you see possibility ahead, or you don’t. I choose to believe tomorrow is beautiful and even better than today. Believing leads to becoming." 

Rutuja Zawar, FLAME University, Pune

"I believe optimism is not just a personality trait but a way a person can lead their life. I think people closest to me, my family and my friends make me optimistic. What keeps me going is the mantra of "This too shall pass" in difficult times. I believe that my optimistic thoughts exude positive vibrations in the universe, which ultimately helps me in being at peace with myself and my life. "

Mubina Akhtar, Author & Wildlife Consultant

“Optimism is living, loving and enduring for a better tomorrow.  Optimism is the belief on natural justice and hoping that the world is not coming to an end!”

Yuchang Sun

"Optimism is what helped our ancestors survive in the hope of a better future"

Paul Mead

Without optimism, it is hard to smile. Without smiling it is hard to overcome adversity. Adversity is something we all face, but many struggle to overcome. So be optimistic, smile more, overcome lifes challenges!

Rita Wirtz

As a cancer survivor, I can assure you that the only thing that saved me was a small voice inside of me that suddenly started screaming, "Life is worth the effort!" I wanted to live for granddaughter Morgan's wedding.

Her little hands, smiling face and voice gave me strength when there was none. Only my optimism remained during daunting times and a life beyond what I could endure. My natural optimistic spirit shone through when there was nothing left but hope and all gave up, even me. Find one thing today to focus on, see its beauty, savor the energy and I promise you that commitment makes the difference in a gracious life worth living, no matter what.

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"What makes me optimistic? My gratitude for life and being. My gratitude for being as I am and want to be. My freedom underpins my optimism."

Michael Connory

"I am doing something worthwhile that helps people and companies. My team is making an incredible contribution to how companies and people can be secure in the digital world. That makes me optimistic!" 

Pankaj Savara, Commissioner - Middle East & Africa

“Optimism is fundamental to creativity, new ideas, growth and happiness”

Reg Macey

I am an optimist because I know that the overwhelming majority are decent people, who have a view that is the universal equivalent of  “ There, but for the Grace of God, go I. “ This belief has always encouraged me to never cease indulging in energetic activism in support of issues where demonstrable unfairness needs to be corrected.

Sathiya Ramakrishnan

"Optimism is about staying positive and taking the next step. Life is too short to complain about small things. I was burnt to ashes many times but I picked myself up and reemerged like a Phoenix."

Emma Ayliffe, Agronomist and a Young Farming Champion

"The future makes me optimistic, it is chapters full of blank pages ready to be written! It means that the possibilities are limited by my imagination and courage to take opportunities and looking back at my past chapters I know good or bad there is always something positive to come out of every experience."

Stephanie Woollard OAM , CEO of Seven Women Inc.

"What makes me optimistic? The human potential I see in everyone every day"

Belinda Clark AO, Executive General Manager, Community Cricket at Cricket Australia

"We are what we think. Why not help each other look for the good, the possibilities and strive to achieve them?”

Jim Varghese AM

What makes me optimistic is when what I think, feel and believe is in interdependent harmony.

Danielle Morton, Founder,

"What makes me optimistic?

"Miraculous Abundance - a book that proves there is a way to regenerate the soil and change the way we grow food. 

"Knowing we can reverse the damage to the planet by regenerating the soil and change the pace of our lives makes me optimistic.

"Optimistic that our kids have a future on this planet. We follow this path and the kids are happier and healthier than they have ever been before. It I still positive advice and practical instructions that is far more inspiring on being told don’t buy plastic, don’t pollute, don’t....

"Regenerative market gardening is everything you can DO to change your life, the life of the soil, plants and people around you."

Lee Tonitto, CEO, Australian Council of Professions

"I believe optimism is in my nature. I surround myself with positive people. I try everyday to value the small things. I support other people. I laugh everyday."

Scott HintonPrincipal at Vaughan Partners

"I’m optimistic because I practice positive thinking and even in a crisis focus on the good things that surround me.

"The greater sense of community and rediscovery of the local neighbourhood. The smart, individualistic, young people who define the next generation. I see them at every JB Hi-Fi or Apple store!

"It’s a tares and wheat thing. It’s easy to focus on the tares. But don’t be misled; see the wheat!"

Duthie Lidgard

"Optimism is knowing the Impossible is where a solution is not yet created. There is always a way. So go create the solution"

 Karin Grima

"I love the quote 'nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm', and I'm more than a little Pollyanna in my approach in personal and work life - always looking for the positives in any/every situation. I have two girls whom I've told since they were little to always look for the positives, even in the worst situation the positives are usually there, they'll just need digging out.

"I think optimism and being an optimistic leader (or being led by one) makes for a braver workplace and creates a willingness to try out new ideas."

Hadley Stork, MBA Candidate at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

"I’m optimistic about the increasing literacy rates across the world. The world literacy rate was up to 86% in 2015. Compare that to 1960, when the literacy rate was only 42%. That’s an average increase of 4% every 5 years!  I’m optimistic about the continued growth of this trend and the implications for the development of young generations across the world."

Piers Warner

"I am an optimist because when I look back at history and science I realize how far we have come and when I look forward I see American plans to go back into space exploration and my daughter developing into one of the leaders of a new psychological revolution. She is working to rehabilitate psychedelic drugs. In the future she is helping to build, these drugs will allow each of us to better develop and tune our minds and cure psychological conditions which have been allowed to reach plague proportions. I am optimistic because I believe these developments will presage a new era in which reason will be used to responsibly build a better future on the foundations of the past and to prevent mobs from engaging in the destructive, tribal like, cultural conflicts that now trouble the United States and which, if left unchecked, will regress the human race back into a new dystopian, collectivist dark age. Optimism is especially important now because it gives hope to those exposed to the nihilistic and pessimistic atmosphere being promoted in much of today's society."

Rhys Hulme

Optimism is knowing that change is a part of life and enjoying the challenges along the way. In the dark times, we learn and in the light times we create, and we always move forward."

Amit Khanna

"Being #Optimistic and staying positive was the only way I thrived after losing my parents at an early age, suffering facial paralysis, unemployment and naysayers. When I looked at the world through the lens of optimism, I found the world full of lovely people. When I started working and helping myself at an early age, I found positive books helped me to stay on track and be optimistic that things would work out well and work out in the end.”

Evan Leybourn, CEO of the Business Agility Institute.

"What makes me optimistic? That, even in times of crisis, people help each other and lift each other up. That people strive to be better."

Eni Metani

"I believe that deep down we are all unconsciously optimistic by nature: we wouldn’t go to sleep if we weren’t confident and hopeful that we will wake up again. What makes me consciously optimistic is always choosing to focus only on what I am grateful for, even on the days when the only thing I can think of is the fact that I woke up."

Annemarie Cross

What makes me optimistic? Goodness - where do I start! Besides the fact that I know all will be ok no matter the outcome - it's knowing I have always got a choice on how an event, challenge or situation will define me, by the meaning I give it and HOW I allow it to impact me.

Years ago I experienced my worst business failure EVER. I mean - it rocked my world so much so, I knew it would be a defining moment in my life. In my grief and loss I remember thinking, this event will either make me, or break me.

And the later is just NOT an alternative.  It's how I live my life...those challenges, the doubt and distraction (and anything else life tries to throw at me) that were meant to take me out? They're now the foundations upon which I've built and shaped my character, and what I use to step up into the next level/season of my life. BOOM!!!!!

Robin Yoo

"Optimism means that we can laugh and be comfortable in a very dire or tense situation. Simply put, optimism is a confidence that things will turn up well looking into the future."

Renatto Leonida

"Positivity always wins, the best is yet to be! That's what makes me an optimist!"

Vineti Anand, Co-Founder of Australian Professionals of Colour

"I stay optimistic in any given situation through my ability to see the bright side of any case. I remind myself that every emotion is temporary: My strategy is to shift emotions to the positive by focussing on what truly is my vision in life.”

Sangeeta Mulchandani, co-founder of Australian Professionals of Colour (APOC)

"My belief that each of us has the potential to achieve whatever we desire by simply putting our mind to it keeps me optimistic. Knowing that every situation you find yourself in is rigged in your favour is the best way to stay optimistic and open to whatever comes your way." 

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